Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

1-2014

Publication Source

American Journal of Archaeology

Volume

118

Issue

1

DOI

10.3764/ajaonline1181.Bowes

Abstract

This fine volume is a natural successor to the two fundamental Mediterranean field survey collections: Extracting Meaning from Ploughsoil Assemblages (R. Francovich, H. Patterson, and G. Barker, eds. [Oxford 2000]) and Side by Side Survey (S. Alcock and J. Cherry, eds. [Oxford 2004]). Its best essays illustrate the advances in both methodology and theory that have characterized landscape archaeology over the decade since those fundamental volumes were published. The volume takes up the problem of classification, that is, the interpretative and evidentiary basis by which surface survey material is functionally classified. Both intentionally and tacitly, the volume also illustrates the assumptions underlying all classificatory systems and thus the challenges surface survey faces as a stand-alone tool for historical interpretation.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This work was originally published by the Archaeological Institute of America in American Journal of Archaeology. You can view the original work at: https://www.ajaonline.org/book-review/1732

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Date Posted: 18 October 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.